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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

last day rockin with kiyoshi with hot jams.



Adios amigos and amigas it was lovely having you as an audience!


Farewell to all our Free Your Star readers. Today is our last day of this experience, and we hope to do it again. Look out for our printed magazine in January. We'll have articles about fashion trends, food reviews, interviews with people such as: DJ & Stylist Radio Rose, Cakes by Nicolle Rodrigez and so much more. We hope y'all liked all our posts, music, videos, and pictures.

- Brianna

Monday, December 19, 2011

Today's Jams: Hip Hop



La Casa Azul

La Casa Azul Bookstore located at East 103rd Street and Lexington Avenue; the first-ever bilingual book store in East Harlem. The name "La Casa Azul" was inspired by Frieda Kahlo's

original house, now a museum in Mexico City, it means "the blue house."

The Founder and owner of La Casa Azul BookStore is Aurora Anaya-Cerda. She has a private supporter that would match her fundraising efforts. So, she decided to raise $40,000 in 40 days! She had to prove that she really wanted her book store dream to become a reality. Before all of this success, Aurora grew up in Los Angeles, California. Where she lived it wasn't that safe, so she wasn't allowed to go outside and play, even though a park was right across the street. She had no video games or computer so she couldn't entertain herself that way. How did she keep herself occupied in the house all day? Well, she read books of course!

She read books she could relate to. One of her best memories is reading a book that was about a boy and and a healing-woman who dealt with herbs and minerals, made her remember her own grandmother who was the community healer like this woman. Later in life Aurora became a middle-school teacher, working with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. She used bilingual books in her teaching so that her students could also relate to the books with things such as coming to another country, or speaking another language.

In La Casa Azul Bookstore bilingual books are exactly what you would find. Unlike other stores who only have one shelf full of Spanish and African-American authors, all of Aurora's shelves will be full of them.

She plans to open her store in three months so keep an eye out! More information in our printed magazine coming out in 2012!!!

by Brianna

Monday, December 12, 2011

Coming out Christmas day and into the new year!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly close.

The Darkest Hour

We Bought a Zoo

Mission Impossible 4

Ghost rider prt2

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises

BY: Kiyoshi

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Taste with Starr

Hey, It's Starr here again bringing you a new flavor.

We just finished eatting sushi for the first time. It was so yummy. We had salmon and tuna roll, wrapped in brownd rice and sesame seeds. We also tried a california roll, which is avacad and crab wrapped in seaweed and rice, it was yummy too.

The best one was the salmon and tuna roll, I was expecting tuna to taste like canned tuna, but it was fresh and full of flavor. The california roll could have been more flavorful, the rice was so wet I couldn't even pick it up with my chopsticks, I had to eat it off my napkin! It was my first time using chopsticks, and I learned pretty fast!

With the sushi came soy sauce, ginger and wasabi. I don't like spicy stuff, so I did not taste wasabi, but my internship buddies really liked it. I tried the ginger, it was good and tangy like a lemon. After everything, I realy like sushi, it was so good and it felt like I was in heaven.

Starr. E

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hot Jams

You've been listening to the hottest pop, electro and funkiest jams of 2011.
by: kiyoshi

Download Nom De Strip & TJR feat. Sue Cho My Life (Original Mix)

Download VA Nelly Furtado Ft Timbaland - Promiscuous (Axwell Rmx)

Download Kamp! Cairo (Moullinex Remix)

Download Froidz Finnally (Mord Fustang Remix)

A Taste With Starr

Hey! It's Starr aka your NYC Culture Reporter from Free Your Star Magazine. So, do you wanna go on a tasty journey? Join me, Starr, for a taste of paradise. I'm going to be here tasting food from different countries such as Italian,Jamaica,Japanese and India. My first journey of "A Taste With Starr" is middle-eastern food. It was my first time to taste falafel. It was very tasty, and it reminds me of a jerk and curry flavor with a little touch of lemon.

To see the video of me and my internship buddies tasting falafel it's below. Stay tuned for more, you can also go to Facebook


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 60 minutes

•1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
•1 large onion, chopped
•2 cloves of garlic, chopped
•3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
•1 teaspoon coriander
•1 teaspoon cumin
•2 tablespoons flour


Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.

Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.

Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.

Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.

Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.

Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.

Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).

Renee Mudd - Fashion Blogger

Renee Mudd is from Colorado, she came to the Big Apple to check out our style. She already had a fashion blog in the Mile High city (Denver)taking pictures of street fashion, showing off their trends. A few years ago she came to New York, noticing how fast New York begins trends and continued to photograph stylish people, you can see more at She posts all types of trends, whatever catches her eye, she is drawn to classic style. For me there's a ton of inspiration and hot cool styles goin on in New York, every blogger should make a visit.

can you guess who is from CO or NY?

by: Kiyoshi